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How often do you need to wash jeans?

A pair of jeans can handle the rough beating it is supposed to take. They are made of durable fabric compared to other types of trousers. This is why there is divided opinion on how often you should wash your jeans.

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Your mum would probably say that you have to wash your jeans each time you wear them.

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But, according to the CEO of Levi's & Strauss, the answer would be never. This answer is based on environmental concerns (that is, not wasting water, detergent and electricity) and not really on good hygiene.

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But, according to the CEO of Levi's & Strauss, the answer would be never. This answer is based on environmental concerns (that is, not wasting water, detergent and electricity) and not really on good hygiene.

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That answer might be a tad radical. After all, imagine, not washing your jeans at all? What about everyday dirt? The Levi's CEO says, do a spot cleaning.

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It is also suggested to put your jeans in the freezer once a month to kill off bacteria. The only trouble is, there are certain bacteria that will survive in these cold temps, so this might not be the best recommendation.

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A middle ground might be the solution to this debate. Fashion consultants suggest that jeans should be washed at least three times a year unless you are the type who does not wear underwear.

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A middle ground might be the solution to this debate. Fashion consultants suggest that jeans should be washed at least three times a year unless you are the type who does not wear underwear.

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The consensus seems to be that jeans should not be washed too often. According to the experts, there are optical brighteners in laundry detergents that will alter the colour of your jeans.

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It is also not necessary to wash your jeans the first time you get the pair as the jeans have been pre-shrunk.

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Another suggestion in jeans care and maintenance is to wash them in cold water. Cold water helps retain the dyes in the jeans.

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And finally, hang and air dry your jeans. This is the best way to let your jeans fit and form the contours of your body.

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And finally, hang and air dry your jeans. This is the best way to let your jeans fit and form the contours of your body.

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